Google Recognises Palestine as a State

The New Google Look
The New Google Look

Internet giant Google has changed the tagline on the front page of its Palestinian edition from “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine”.

It means the page www.google.ps now displays “Palestine” in Arabic under the main Google logo.

The terminology is a politically contentious issue, with the final status of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem yet to be agreed.

In November 2012 the UN upgraded Palestine’s status in the world body.

Palestine, which was previously recognised at the UN as an “entity”, became a “non-member observer state” – a step strongly opposed by Israel and the United States.

An earlier bid by the Palestinians to join the UN as a full member state in 2011 did not materialise because of a lack of support among the security council.

Google has not yet commented on the change.

BBC